Thomas E. Jenkins is one of 47 emerging leaders chosen for prestigious national leadership program
by Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75
San Antonio - Thomas E. Jenkins, chair and associate professor of Classical Studies at Trinity University, has been named one of 47 emerging college and university leaders for the 2015-16 class of the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program.
Nominated by Trinity interim president Michael Fischer, Jenkins will be Trinity's third ACE Fellow in five years. "Tom is a gifted teacher, accomplished scholar, and passionate advocate for the humanities at Trinity," Fischer said. "His leadership abilities and innovative spirit make him an excellent candidate for the ACE Fellowship."
Jenkins, who has a keen interest in integrating the humanities and arts at Trinity into a wider program, said it is an honor to have been selected. "This fellowship will allow me an opportunity to see how other campus interdisciplinary centers operate and to bring those lessons back to Trinity," he said.
The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing emerging leaders for senior positions in college and university administration. The Program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year.
Jenkins, who came to Trinity in 2001, is chair of the Department of Classical Studies. He teaches Latin, Greek, Literary Classics of the Greek and Roman World, and Greek and Roman drama. Author of numerous scholarly articles on topics related to the Classics, his forthcoming book titled Antiquity Now: The Classical World in the Contemporary American Imagination (Cambridge University Press) cuts across a swath of disciplines, including film studies, art history, political science, gender studies, and even comic book studies.
Jenkins has served in several leadership roles within his national professional organization and on a number of University committees including the Trinity Tomorrow strategic planning committee and as a member of Trinity's recent Presidential Search Committee. He earned a bachelor of arts in Classical Languages/Literatures from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University.
ACE president Molly Corbett Broad noted that the Fellows Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year. "The diverse and talented 2015-16 Fellows class embodies why the program has been such a vital contributor to expanding the leadership pipeline for our nation's colleges and universities," Broad said.
Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75 is assistant vice president for External Relations. You can follow her on Twitter @sjschweitzer.